What’s organic tea?
Organic tea. Sound familar? You probably have heard of organic eggs, organic fruits, and organic vegetables. So what's exactly is this kind of tea?
Before we talk about this pesticide-free tea, there is one piece of information that may interest you. There are more than 400 kinds of pesticides are used in farming and plantation each year.
If not washed properly, these pesticides molecules can cling into the food or tea leaves even after the cleaning process. These pesticide molecules can enter your body in small amount each time. But if you consume the food every day, many small amounts can add of large quantity and can cause many complications.
In recent years, European and American consumers have raised their standard on foods and drinks. Thus imported goods such as regular tea leaves are cleaned more properly and more thoroughly to ensure the safety of consumers. However, even though people are hesitant drinking imported tea leaves due the pesticide problems, they can still have another choice: organic tea.
Pesticide-free tea generally refers to tea plants that are grown naturally. In other words, the products are produced from tea plants that are grown in pesticide-free environment. The tea plants mostly use cow dung or dead tea leaves as natural fertilizers. This kind of tea becomes more popular nowadays when there are many side effects are due to residues of pesticides on tea leaves.
The largest pesticide-free tea producer is an Indian company named Makaibari Estates. This company has its base in the Himalayas region. Another company also has its base in India called Oothu tea Estate also produces more than more than 1 million kg of pesticide-free tea each year. This tea estate was first established in 1988. It was part of a larger cooperation that specializes in food trading since 1923.
The production of this pesticide-free tea is slow due to smaller harvest. Smaller harvest because these tea plants have growth limitations due to limited nutrition and protection. However, these tea leaves may contain more flavor than regular tea because their chemical structures aren’t changed by pesticide molecules.
Pesticide-free tea and Fair Trade…
If you have encountered organic tea, you would often see on the label the phrase Fair Trade. What this means is that the US exchanges a fair amount of money for the tea that are imported into the US. Tea planters in Asia such as Japan, India, and Sri Lanka receive adequate wages, health benefits, and safe-working conditions.
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